It's Official! Sarri Is Juventus New Coach
Sarri leaves after Hazard’s depature (image courtsey AFP)

Both Chelsea and Juventus have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri is returning to Italy to take over as head coach of the Serie A champions.

Chelsea confirmed on social media and on their site that Maurizio Sarri will be leaving the club after just one season in charge.

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They thanked the Italian tactician for his services but mentioned that he felt the need to be close to his ageing parents in Italy.

The Italian led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, the finals of the Carabao Cup and to a Europa League triumph.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the former banker as he copped plenty of flak from the fans for his style of play which – at points in the season – seemed rather ineffectual.

Sarri will take over the reins from the departing Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus, with the club announcing his arrival on its social media almost immediately after Chelsea put out their release.

Sarri will inherit a squad that has just won its eighth straight Scudetto and led by the indefatigable Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sarri will be expected to sustain Juventus’ push towards continental glory as they set their sights on winning the Champions League.